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Blood pressure device aids detection of AF

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A device that allows nurses to detect pulse irregularities and pick up atrial fibrillation while measuring blood pressure has been recommended by NICE.

Atrial fibrillation (AF) can be difficult to diagnose as it is often asymptomatic and intermittent.

NICE concludes WatchBP Home should be considered for people with hypertension; it may increase AF detection rates in primary care, allowing for preventive treatment to be given and reducing incidence of AF-related stroke.

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